5 potential ripple effects from the Kyrie Irving trade

23 December 2015 Cleveland Cavaliers Guard Kyrie Irving during the game between the New York Knicks and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland Oh

He spent his earliest National Basketball Association years on one of the worst teams in the league and then played on a team built entirely around the strengths of James.

The Celtics traded Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a 2018 first round pick while they were able to hold on to the 2017 ACC All-Freshman team selection.

The NBA2K Twitter account tweeted "whoops" after the trade went down, linking back to their tweet revealing Irving as the cover artist.

"His age is a great fit", Celtics president Danny Ainge said of Irving in a conference call hours after the trade went down. Crowder might as well start studying tape of Golden State forward Kevin Durant now, because if the Warriors and Cavs meet for a fourth straight Finals it will be Crowder's job to cover Durant. The Cavs have the next-best odds to win a championship at 9/2, followed by the Celtics at 15/2 and the Rockets at 9/1. Whether you Boston fans out there will admit or not, (for this next season) we all know that this trade nearly guarantees a fourth year in a row of a Warriors and Cavaliers NBA Finals. The Celtics and Cavs are likely to finish first and second in the East and contend for a shot at the NBA Finals in the upcoming season.

In the Eastern finals, on the conference's top team, with maybe the top overall pick on the way.

Tatum, along with the rest of Boston, will get a chance to see what Irving does bring to the Celtics soon, when the team starts up practices in September.

If you haven't heard, the Cleveland Cavaliers traded Irving, their superstar point guard to the Boston Celtics. The Cavaliers still have the best player in the world in LeBron James, but the players around him are getting to be less and less impressive.

Irving had asked for a trade out of Cleveland earlier this year, and the Cavs obliged. Thomas' by contrast read 28.9 points and 5.9 assists per game while shooting 46% from the floor, 37% from 3 beyond the arc and 90% from the line. Sam Presti is still in house though so we're good Thunder Nation. While this does not mean Crowder is a better player than Thomas, it's an interesting measure of success beyond the basic plus-minus counting stat.

Instead of lighting fire to the jersey as many in Cleveland did when James left the team in 2010 for the Miami Heat, Hartman dropped a hand-written note on top of the jersey.